FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JUNE 22, 2016
LILY MEOLA SHINES THIS SUMMER
MAUI-BASED SONGSTRESS READYING FOLLOW-UP
TO AWARD-NOMINATED DEBUT ALBUM
LIVE SCHEDULE INCLUDES DANA POINT, CA’S
OHANA DANA FEST ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 27
ALL-STAR BENEFIT EVENT ALSO FEATURES LANA DEL REY,
EDDIE VEDDER, ELVIS COSTELLO, AND MORE
THEY SAY Just Released on iTunes
(Maui, HI) Lily Meola is among the most acclaimed young singer/songwriters in recent memory, hailed by Rolling Stone in their recent “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know” as a “powerhouse…(like) Bobbie Gentry and Joni Mitchell went on a vacation to Hawaii together.” The 21-year-old Maui-based songstress is now set to spend her summer in Los Angeles, writing and recording tracks for the eagerly awaited follow-up to her recently released debut album, THEY SAY, which is now also available at iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/they-say/id1124674408
In addition, Meola will be among the top artists performing at the upcoming OHANA Dana Fest, slated for Saturday, August 27th at Dana Point, CA’s Doheny Point Beach. The all-star benefit event – which also features such icons as Lana Del Rey, Eddie Vedder, Elvis Costello, Band of Horses, X, and Mudhoney – will help generate funds to support efforts towards maintaining coastal access in California’s south Orange County state beaches. For complete details and ticket information, please visit www.theohanafest.com.
Produced by Eric Helmkamp (Michael Bublé, Sarah McLachlan) with additional production from artist/musician Micah Nelson and the legendary Buddy Cannon (Kenny Chesney, Chely Wright, George Jones, Merle Haggard), THEY SAY marks an indelible full-length debut for Lily Meola, rich with creativity, confidence, and deeply felt emotion. Among the collection’s many highlights are tracks like the smoky opener, “Bad Weather,” as well as standout vocal duets with Lukas Nelson (“Sound of Your Memory”) and Willie Nelson (“Will You Remember Mine”), the latter song memorably performed by Nelson and Meola at both Farm Aid 2013 and Farm Aid 2014. THEY SAY further features Willie Nelson’s instantly recognizable nylon-string guitar stylings on “LA” and “Movie In My Mind,” along with a remarkable rendition of the timeless “Me and Bobby McGee,” performed as a duet with its celebrated songwriter, Kris Kristofferson. Even with such luminaries on board, the undeniable star of the album is Lily Meola. With her strikingly soulful vocals and timeless approach towards songcraft, THEY SAY stands tall as the surefooted arrival of an original new musical voice.
Meola recently rocked Hawaii’s 39th annual Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards with a stellar performance of THEY SAY’s “End of An Era,” accompanied by celebrated Hawaiian singer-songwriter Blayne Asing. Meola and THEY SAY were among the event’s top nominees, with nods including “Female Vocalist of the Year,” “Most Promising Artist of the Year,” and “Contemporary Album of the Year.”
THEY SAY has earned wide-ranging critical applause in the months since its March release. “I’m sitting on my porch while Lily sings,” wrote influential surf, mountain, and outdoor journal The Inertia, “over and over and over, all day long, every day of the week…Seriously. All day, every day. …If Lily doesn’t make it big, there’s something wrong with the world.” THEY SAY is “a snapshot of Meola’s fabulous vocal ability and reflects both where her musical tastes began and where they’re headed,” declared MauiTime in a major cover story. “Meola’s sophisticated music makes it difficult to believe she is barely legal to drink a toast to her success. Her compassionate spirit, coupled with her immense talent, seems more reflective of a woman twice her age.” “An alluring air of mystery, sensuality and danger oozes from these songs,” enthused Music Connection. “Meola is an intriguing storyteller who’s got a presentation that captivates.” “Lily Meola is a true tour de force,” raved The Manifold. “She’s cuter than Taylor Swift and has a voice that could hold its own in a sing-off with Aretha.”
Meola next drew national attention with an appearance on Nelson’s 2013 duets collection, TO ALL THE GIRLS… (alongside such female vocal icons as Dolly Parton, Miranda Lambert, Loretta Lynn, Rosanne Cash, Emmylou Harris, and Mavis Staples, among others) followed in 2014 with a sultry duet performance of “Baby It’s Cold Outside” on Jamey Johnson’s THE CHRISTMAS SONG EP.
Known as a live performer gifted with a unique ability to forge close connection with her audience, Meola has earned acclaim with well-received showcases at Austin, TX’s South By Southwest (SXSW) in 2014, 2015, and 2016, including sets at the annual Heartbreaker Banquet at Nelson’s bucolic Luck, TX ranch. In addition, Meola has further shared stages with a remarkable array of artists, both as duet partner and special guest, with recent collaborators and tour partners including Jamey Johnson, Steven Tyler, Lee Brice, Shooter Jennings, Graham Parker, and many others.
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